Gov. Butch Otter has named longtime 6th District Magistrate Judge Rick Carnaroli a district judge to fill the vacancy created when former 6th District Judge David Nye was appointed to the U.S. District Court bench. Carnaroli has served as a magistrate judge in the district for more than 13 years. Prior to becoming a judge, he was in private practice in Pocatello for nine years and served as the Pocatello city attorney for 10 years.
“Judge Carnaroli has the sound judicial temperament, the diversity of legal experience and the strong leadership skills that will serve him well as a district judge,” Otter said in a statement. “He has big shoes to fill with the departure of Judge Nye, but I’m confident in his commitment to tackling this new opportunity.”
Carnaroli, a former Idaho state bar president, holds a law degree from Willamette University and a bachelor’s degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.
Otter selected Carnaroli from among four finalists nominated by the Idaho Judicial Council; the other three finalists were 6th District Magistrate Judge David Kress of Soda Springs and Pocatello attorneys David P. Gardner and Kent L. Hawkins. Ten people applied for the opening; you can see the full list here.